Synopses & Reviews
With haunting prose and deft psychological insight, Averil Dean spins a chilling story that explores the dark corners of obsessionlove, pain and revenge.
Ten years ago, someone ruined Alice Croft's life. Now, she has a chance to right that wrongand she thinks she's found the perfect man to carry out her plan.
After watching him for weeks, she breaks into Jack Calabrese's house to collect the evidence that will confirm her hopes. When Jack comes home unexpectedly, Alice hides in the closet, fearing for her life. But upon finding her, Jack is strangely calm, solicitous
That night is the start of a dark and intense attraction, and soon Alice finds herself drawn into a labyrinth of terrifying surrender to a man who is more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. As their relationship spirals toward a breaking point, Alice starts to see just how deep Jack's secrets runand how deadly they could be.
"Crisply written, wickedly suspenseful
.[Alice Close Your Eyes] reads like a dark, sensual nightmare, and it is the reader who won't want to close her eyes until all of the book's tantalizing secrets are finally revealed. Don't miss it."
David Bell, author of Never Come Back and Cemetery Girl
"Set primarily on Washington's Vashon Island in Puget Sound, Dean's first novel opens with Alice Croft breaking into Jack Calabrese's home in order to steal his box of mementoes a type of box, she asserts, 'everyone has.' She doesn't know Jack, but wants to learn if he's the kind of man who will kill for her and, when he finds her in his house, the two soon discover they share an interest in sadomasochism. Alice and Jack target a potential murder victim, who remains unidentified until near the end; vignettes show the reader Alice's horrific childhood, which may or may not have had a direct effect on her need to kill. Few will be surprised that the crime plot takes a backseat to Alice's sex addiction and Jack's increasingly abusive behavior toward her. This lurid combination of erotica and twisted psychopathy will not be to every taste. Agent: Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"ALICE CLOSE YOUR EYES is a crisply written, wickedly suspenseful debut. The novel reads like a dark, sensual nightmare, and it is the reader who won't want to close her eyes until all of the book's tantalizing secrets are finally revealed. Don't miss it."
-David Bell, author of Never Come Back
"Alice Close Your Eyes is intense. No, it's INTENSE. It's also chilling, riveting, intriguing, surprising and compelling, and I can't think of a debut that kept me turning pages faster or more breathlessly."
-M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of Seduction
"A cross between steamy exotic romance and spooky thriller, Alice Close Your Eyes will have readers on the edge of their seats. Promising newcomer Dean spins a web out of the deepest human obsessions ... to reveal a haunting story. ...Dean's tricky tale of psychological romantic suspense will leave readers wanting more." -Booklist
"Dean's marvelous debut is dark, gritty and relentless in its graphic pursuit of Alice's self-proclaimed justice. The story is so intense that the ending is a bit unexpected. This psychological thriller boarders on the erotic as it draws the reader into its web." –RT Magazine, 4 stars
"Debut author Dean pens a haunting, intense novel... Taut pacing and skilled storytelling support a breathtaking plot... It's scorching, disturbing, and tragic but well-crafted and impressively written." –Kirkus Reviews
"Dean's debut is an absorbing, deeply disturbing, darkly erotic psychological thriller of tragedy and revenge. Fans of...Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)... will love this disquieting novel." –Library Journal, Starred Review